Mysore (Mysuru)

Mysore is a city located in the state of Karnataka, India and spans a total of 50 square miles (129 sq. km). A population of 887,446 people makes Mysore the third most populous city in the state. Despite its large population, the city is among the cleanest in India. The name “Mysore” is an Anglicized version originating from the term “Mahishuru,” which translates to “the abode of Mahisha.” In 2005, the Karnataka government decided to change the name from “Mysore” to “Mysuru.” From 1399 to 1965, Mysore served as the capital city of the Kingdom of Mysore. Within the last century, the city has undergone rapid development and urbanization.


Mysore is home to the Devaraja Market, a bazaar selling everything from fresh produce to traditional clothing. Well over a century old, the market divides into three distinct areas including the middle, northern and southern sector. Over 800 vendors span across the entire length of the market. Each area sells goods exclusive to that area. The northern and southern part of the market sells an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Flowers, incents, spices, clothing and various colors of kumkuma are found scattered throughout the central area of the market.